BANGKOK - PATHUM THANI - AYATHAYA - SUKOTHAI - CHIANG MAI
DAY 1: BANGKOK ARRIVAL – PATHUM THANI (D)
Our guide will meet you at 1pm followed by a short transfer to the pier where the Mekhala is waiting to welcome you.
Our cruise starts at 2.30pm along the Chaophaya River from where you will have spectacular views of the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn. Just after sunset, Mekhala will dock at a tranquil rural village where Wat Kai Tia is located. Your candlelight-dinner is served on board. Overnight on board of Mekhala in Pathum Thani.
DAY 2: PATHUM THANI – AYUTHAYA (B)
For early risers, alms giving will honor the monks of Wai Kai Tia. This procedure is extremely important for Buddhism in Southeast Asian countries- our staff will help with food preparation.
Continue cruising upstream while your breakfast is served on board. Check-out of the Mekhala, our journey is followed by a pleasant drive to Bang Pa-In, a former royal palace that nowadays serves as a summer residence of the king. Ayuthaya, the last capital of Bangkok, destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army, is our next destination. Here you can visit the most important temples, including Wat Phanan Choen, Wat Yai Mongkol and Wat Rachaburana. Further towards the city center, we will visit an old Khmer-temple, Wat prang Sam Yoth and an old former kingspalace of king Narai, both in the city of Lopburi.
Set another night at Lopburi Inn Resort
DAY 3: AYUTHAYA – SUKOTHAI (B)
10 km east of the town of Nakorn Sawan, Bungboraphet is a huge swamp area where we will use a small boat to discover plants and birds amongst the wetlands. Continue driving through the rice plains up to Phitsanoloke and a visit to Wat Mahatat, where believers from all over Thailand come to worship the Buddha image inside the Wat Mahatat.
Our last stop today is Sukothai which was the first capital of the former Kingdom of Siam in the 13th-14th centuries. During the visit of this huge park area, you may walk or you may use bicycles.
Overnight at the hotel in Sukothai.
DAY 4: SUKOTHAI – CHIANG MAI (B)
Through the mountains to Lampang, where you will visit a typical northern-style temple, Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, built mostly with teakwood. After another 20 km you will reach Tungvien market. Have a walk through the market where the people from the nearby mountain-villages sell various exotic animals, vegetables and other things. The last stop will be at Wat Haripunchai - one of the oldest temples of Thailand. Arrive in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon after a 4 day exploration of the birthplace of Thai civilization and modernization.